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Steve Newman & Friends
Old Country (CSNewman)

By: Alex Steininger

Steve Newman & Friends'Old Country sounds like a children's album, a children's album that shouldn't be a children's album. The vocals are way up front and the music is bouncy and saccharine to a fault. And though the title Old Country does ring true, with the songs rooted in traditional folk and old European styles, even that can't save it from its quiet, empty European pub feel. The songs do reach out to grab you, but, again, to a fault. But don't get me wrong. It's not all bad. Steve Newman & Friends know how to craft true, traditional music here and succeed at that. It just seems too shtick-y. I'll give it a C.
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